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from the Boston Globe,
Chara looked the same. He used his reach to fish loose pucks out of trouble spots and leaned on opponents with his big frame. He was even booed by the large Montreal contingent in attendance.
For the most part, his return went as planned. Until Alex Kovalev hopped over the boards.
The Montreal dynamo ruined Chara’s return - and the Bruins’ night - with two goals and an assist, all against the tandem of Chara and Wideman.
Watch the spin move Kovalev put on Chara…
from the LA Times,
If he were still in Vancouver or playing in another hockey-first market, Bertuzzi’s lack of output would be a major topic of discussion. Yet the offensive struggles barely register in Anaheim as he’s merely been one of many contributors of a veteran-laden team that’s on the verge of clinching a playoff spot for the third consecutive season.
After seven-plus polarizing seasons with the Canucks, Bertuzzi is glad to not be the center of attention.
“You’ve got a lot of real good guys in this room,” Bertuzzi said. “It makes coming down to the rink pretty enjoyable when you’ve got an atmosphere like that. A pretty easy team to fit into and find your niche.
“At this time of my career, it’s a perfect situation for me to be in. Right now, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
via the Tennessean,
“We’re in a playoff hunt right now,’’ Trotz said. “We need good goaltending. It’s so disheartening on the bench when we let bad goals happen.’‘
“We’re up 1-0 to start the second period and I think we’re feeling pretty good,’’ Trotz said. “We come out of the locker room with confidence and then a feeble wrist shot from the blueline goes in. We need that save.’‘
from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,
Nolan may have been more upset with his team this week than he has been all season. He issued a rare public rebuke after a desultory 3-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, then was displeased with them after a deliberately hard workout Wednesday.
“I told the players, ‘I don’t know how some of us can sleep at night - not doing what you do to the best of your capabilities.’ We’re compensated quite well, and the people who watch us pay quite heavily for us to do that,” he said after yesterday’s practice, which left him more encouraged.
“This isn’t Sunday lunch-hour hockey. We’re playing in the National Hockey League, the best league in the world,” he said. “For anybody to take that for granted and not to perform ...”
via Slap Shot at the NY Times,
During the final 10 minutes of many Rangers home games, the spotlights focus on Section 407 as Larry Goodman, the season-ticket holder known as Dancin’ Larry, pumps up the crowd with a frenetic dance in the aisle.
As Goodman’s routine is broadcast on the giant monitors above the ice, a familiar chant picks up momentum. “Ho-mo Lar-ry!” the crowd shouts.
The chant is one example of what several gay hockey fans describe as a toxic atmosphere during Rangers games. They say that Madison Square Garden, which owns the team, is not doing nearly enough to address their concerns.
from the Mercury News,
“They’re all out here - by a country mile,” Wilson said. “The West has depleted the East of the great ones.”
The Sharks’ acquisition of Buffalo’s Brian Campbell last month was the latest example of how cornering the market on top-echelon defensemen has helped tilt the NHL’s balance of power toward the Wild, Wild West.
The list is impressive. Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger. Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski. Dallas’ Sergei Zubov, Calgary’s Dion Phaneuf and Chicago’s Duncan Keith.
And now Campbell.
“Either through free agency or trades, guys are finding their way to the West,” Campbell said.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Nine months later Roenick is thankful that he went to see his former Blackhawks teammate (Doug) Wilson and grateful to Wilson for giving me “a chance to hold my head high again.”
Roenick said he was “blown away” by the respect that Wilson showed him that day.
“He told me that he didn’t want me to retire the way that it was going,” Roenick said, still touched by that meeting. “That meant the world to me because respect is huge to me.”
from the AP via NHL.com,
Teppo Numminen filed a grievance against the Buffalo Sabres for suspending him without pay after the veteran defenseman failed a preseason physical because he required open-heart surgery.
The grievance was filed with the NHL Players’ Association in November, union spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon told the Associated Press on Thursday.
News of the grievance surfaced as Numminen rejoined the team this week. Numminen had previously declined to discuss whether he was unhappy with the Sabres’ decision to place him on their suspended list after it was discovered during a routine physical in September that he required surgery to repair a faulty valve
Scotty Bowman will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour hosted by Gary Bettman.
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via the Detroit News,
Wings defenseman Brad Stuart is expected to miss the rest of the regular season and possibly the beginning of the playoffs after suffering a broken finger.
Stuart was injured blocking a shot in Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Columbus. Wings officials said the injury typically sidelines a player from 3-6 weeks.
added 1:53pm, Ansar Khan has more at Mlive...
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